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ventricose
(adj) having a large belly
fritillary
(noun) 1. a genus of the lily family; 2. certain genera of spotted butterflies
syncretism
(noun) development of religion by absorption of beliefs
lapidary
(noun) a worker in precious stones. (adj) art of stone cutting
flaneur
(noun) a lounger, loafer
apanage
(noun) a grant of resources; esp. to younger male children
cadet
(noun) 1. trainees; 2. the junior branch of an important family
fustian
(noun 1. a coarse cotton and flax cloth; 2. bombast
mésalliance
(noun) a marriage with a person of inferior social position
nabob
(noun) 1. a Mogol governor; 2. a man of great wealth
archipelago
(noun) 1. a sea with many islands; 2. the islands themselves
seraglio
(noun) a harem
verger
(noun) an official in the church who serves as usher, caretaker, and general attendant
svengali
(noun) a person who controls another with evil intent using persuasion or deceit [from DuMaurier's "Trilby" (1894)]
mountebank
(noun) any boastful charlatan
merry-andrew
(noun) a clown, zany
pettifog
(verb) to do a petty or tricky law business
pettifogger
(noun) one who pettifogs
perfervid
(adj) very fervid; ardent
lallation
(noun) mispronunciation of the letter 'L', sounding it like 'R'